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Misterton - Plant, Craft and Food Fair

Who would have believed that we could have had such good weather for our Misterton Plant, Craft and Food sale on Sunday 12th May following a rather indifferent week leading up to the event?Photograph: Misterton House and crowds enjoying the Plant, Food and Craft fair.

The Event raised over £5,000 with 1,111 Adults attending and over 70 children, some of whom who enjoyed having their faces painted - displaying them with some glee at the gate as they and their parents left laden with plants together with a range of craft goods and food delicacies.

The DIY contingent was a not disappointed with a wide range of tools and garden implements, reaping some £900 for a range of charities and run by Rotarian Bernard Johnson who is beginning to make a name for himself at the Annual Shows he has supported over the years.

Alongside this was the ever popular Concours D’Elegance of Classic and Vintage Vehicles - the winners being Geoff Hamblin with his immaculate 1930 Austin “Heavy 12”, Graham Surman and his 1934 Riley Lynx, and Ian Robertson and his 1962 Austin Healey 3000.

Dorothy Greaves came up trumps in raising a staggering £280 which she has most generously donated to the work on the Town’s “Narrows” tidied and created with the help of Lutterworth Rotary members.

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Photograph: The winning car int he Concours d'Elegance.


Local Good Causes benefit from 2018 Santa Fun Run

March 2019. Cheques totalling £5,800 were distributed to local charities and good causes by the combined Lutterworth Rotary Clubs following the 2018 Lutterworth Great Santa Fun Run. For further information, visit the Santa Fun Run News Page.

Lutterworth Big Indoor Bike Ride - Sunday February 24th 2019

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Photograph: The Big Bike Spin - a group of spinners in a gymnasium.

Lutterworth Sports Centre played host [for a third year] on Sunday February 24th to Lutterworth Rotary Club’s ‘Spin into Spring’ Indoor Cycling event. The club teamed up again with spinning instructor Richard Stannard to run six one hour spinning sessions giving cyclists a ‘virtual trip’ around some of the world’s more famous cycle rides, all with musical accompaniment. The event itself was a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Rainbows  & other Rotary supported charities.

Photograph: Three long distance spinners.There was a great response, with entries for over 140 time slots ranging from people who had never stepped onto a static bike before to others who were used to cycling marathons and had booked to ride for all six hours. Entrants were plied with free refreshments and responded generously by supporting the raffle, cake stall and 100 square competitions. A physio was on hand to revive flagging legs and there was a great atmosphere in the Sports Centre for the whole afternoon. President of Lutterworth Rotary Club, Mark Thompson, said ‘The Indoor Bike Ride has been a great event to be involved in again. Not only does it raise a lot of money for some good causes but it encourages people to keep fit and acts as another way in which the community can come together & have some fun’.

It is expected that approx. £2,500 will have been raised for the nominated charities. Particular thanks are due to the management and staff of Lutterworth Sports Centre for providing the venue and for all their support in its delivery.

The next Rotary Club cycle event will be the Lutterworth Big [Outdoor] Bike Ride which this year is provisionally booked to be held on Sunday 18th August and will be based, as usual, at Misterton Hall, just outside Lutterworth.

The Long Distance Riders pictured are from left to right Richard Stannard (Instructor)  Trevor Weston (centre) and Neil Parry (right)

Peter J Osborn

New Members

Lutterworth Rotary Club is pleased to welcome new members, Susan Sharp and Zelda Taylor (17 Dec 2018.)

Photograph: New members to Lutterworth Rotary Club, Susan Sharp and Zelda Taylor.

Albert Costa MP opens the renovated Narrows Gardens in Lutterworth

“It is nice to feel in the midst of a fierce national debate about BREXIT, that we don’t lose sight of developments that mean something directly to the people in our own Lutterworth” said Alberto Costa MP at the opening of the renovated Narrows Gardens off Market Street before The Original Factory Shop.

Photo: Local MP with Lutterworth Rotarians.Alberto was there to inspect the work the Rotary Club of Lutterworth had put into reviving a formerly neglected area linking Market Street and George Street, through to the Library and Lutterworth’s two major supermarkets.  The area had fallen into a sad and overlooked state, but following extensive debris clearance, weed treatment, the additional of over 10 tons of topsoil and compost, weed membrane, at least 40 plants and slate shale topping, the area now looks much more welcoming.  It will improve even more over the coming years as the plants establish themselves, and it should prove a useful amenity for the Town.

The work was funded by the Rotary Club of Lutterworth, as well as the Rotary Foundation itself, which is the main charitable arm of Rotary in UK.  As was pointed out by Sally Hollis the President Elect of the Club,  the Rotary Club of Lutterworth were pleased to do something for the local community who continue to support their fundraising events.  The work itself was done by members of the Club.

At a short ceremony on Saturday morning 15 December, the event was witnessed by Tony Hirons on behalf of Brian Poulter the Town Mayor, Dorothy Greaves who was instrumental in triggering this work, and Sheilar Chambers of the Craft Shop who had previously worked on the area.
Other attendees were Rotarians and Friends of Rotary who had all played a part in seeing the project through to completion.

Lutterworth Rotary, 16 Dec 18.


Lutterworth Rotary Big Bike Ride benefits Epilepsy charity

Photograph: Cheque presentation to Epilepsy Association representative, Neil Green.

Lutterworth Rotary Big Bike Ride that is held every August showed recently that fun and good health are not the only beneficiaries of the event. Neil Green of Neil Green Catering, the main sponsors of the ride, attended Lutterworth Rotary Club which organises the event to collect a cheque for £1500 that will go to help fund the work of Epilepsy Action. Neil has been a long term supporter of the charity, has done much fund raising himself and was the catalyst for Lutterworth Rotary Club taking up the event. Neil received the cheque from club President Mark Thompson who praised him for his support for an event that in 2018 attracted over 600 cyclists and raised almost £6,000 in total for a range of good causes.  

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Little Faces School Receive Gifts from Lutterworth Rotary

Photograph: Woman posing with shoe boxes and gifts donated by Lutterworth Rotary.


We have recently received news from one of our members, Sally Searle, that the sixty shoe boxes filled with gifts for children have been received at the Little Faces School in Mombasa Kenya, together with teddies created by Elaine Turner's group of knitters plus 12 boxes for adults, which are not shown .

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Photograph: Frank the Polio Mascot on the Bridge of Queen Elizabeth 2Frank the bear our ambassador for “Ending Polio” has recently returned from a three week cruise on “Queen Elizabeth” which started in Singapore travelling to Port Kelang and Penang in Malaysia.  From there he gained his sea legs before going to Colombo in Sri Lanka and travelling on to Victoria in the Seychelles having crossed the line meeting many people who were very interested in his “End Polio” jacket.  While on board he was introduced to the Captain before he went on to Mauritius and Reunion Island leaving the ship in Port Elizabeth where he went on a trip to a game reserve in South Africa. Cape Town was seen for the second time this year where he met yet more people who were interested in his jacket.

We, as a club, are proud of Frank in his ambassadorial role in broadcasting Rotary’s role in ending Polio Worldwide. 

Frank having just returned and still with itchy feet to do more travelling was taken to Cork in Ireland to meet their Rotary President and surprise, surprise met Anne Thompson who he had met earlier this year in South Africa at the Rotary Club of the Hibiscus Coast   ‘Margate and Uvongo’ meeting yet more friends.

What more can we ask of our ambassador to promote the eradication of Polio.

Peter J Osborn, Lutterworth Rotary.

Photograph: Frank visits Cork in the Republic of Ireland.